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Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference
May 14, 2013
Make sure to read the Forbes article, "Six Ways Introverts Can Be More Powerful"!
About the Author – Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D. is an international author, speaker, and executive coach who has been hailed as a “champion for introverts.” Her bestselling book The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength achieved widespread appeal and has been translated into six languages including Chinese and Spanish. Her clients include GE, NASA, Turner Broadcasting, and the US Embassy in Vietnam. Dr. Kahnweiler's keynote speeches and seminars transfer the lessons introverts teach and include her characteristic humor, poignant stories, and practical tools. Jennifer has also written articles for Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, and the Wall Street Journal and has been quoted in more than fifty international news media outlets. She is a recipient of the 2012 Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) award, the National Speaker’s Association’s highest earned designation.
About the Book – Introverts may feel powerless in a world where extroverts seem to rule, but there’s more than one way to have some sway. As Jennifer Kahnweiler proves in this much-needed book, introverts can be highly effective influencers when, instead of trying to act like extroverts, they use their natural strengths. Kahnweiler shows how you can use those strengths to challenge the status quo, provoke new ways of thinking, effect change, and inspire others to move forward.
Kahnweiler identifies six unique strengths introverts have:
- Taking Quiet Time: The periods of solitude that introverts crave provide them with a powerful source of creativity and self-awareness.
- Preparation: Careful preparation, which makes introverts feel more comfortable, also makes them very knowledgeable and able to anticipate objections.
- Writing: Introverts’ preference for writing over speaking enables them to influence others through deep, authentic, well-developed arguments.
- Engaged Listening: Introverts are great listeners—they’d rather listen than talk—which is a crucial skill for establishing rapport and mutual understanding.
- Focused Conversation: Introverts don’t like small talk, but they excel at the serious, purpose-driven, one-on-one interactions vital for winning people over.
- Thoughtful Use of Social Media: Oversharing doesn’t appeal to introverts online any more than it does offline, so they naturally use social media in a thoughtful, and more effective, way.
Kahnweiler includes a Quiet Influence Quotient quiz to measure how well you’re using these six strengths now. Then, through questions, tools, exercises, and real-world examples, she helps you increase your mastery of these strengths. Quiet Influence is the must-have guide to deeper insight and greater impact that introverts have been waiting for and that extroverts can learn from.